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Resources for Law Enforcement

How The HSUS can help with your cases

The Animal Rescue Team has a long and successful track record with prosecutors, judges and law enforcement.

Law enforcement agencies across the country call upon us to assist with the invesigation and prosecution of every type of animal abuse—from individual situations of neglect and abuse, to cockfighting or dogfighting operations, to abusive, illegal puppy mill operations and to large-scale animal cruelty situations such as animal hoarding

Beginning with behind-the-scenes evidence collection, our involvement continues with the hands-on rescue, sheltering and eventual placement of abused animals. We also have the nation's leading experts on animal cruelty issues, and we can assist in cases of all sizes, providing guidance, resources and financial support. With decades of successful prosecutions under our belt, The HSUS is dedicated to seeing each criminal case through from its inception to resolution.

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Our team of experts

We have the nation's leading experts on investigating illegal animal cruelty, animal fighting and puppy mills to advise you.

Our fully equipped response team can help seize and care for animals.


Suspected dogfighters

  • The nation's most comprehensive database of alleged dogfighters

Rewards and tip lines

Crimes lab, vet care, and placement services

Training classes


For Prosecutors: Winning Your Case

Prosecutors are the key to ensuring that the criminals who abuse animals are punished. Our experienced staff can give you advice on your case, lead seminars, train prosecutors on cruelty work, provide expert witnesses and help you network with other prosecutors.


It is difficult for me to put into words the emotional praise that I have for all of the staff that has come to our community to help … We did not have the resources or expertise to even begin to handle this case. Your personnel totally impressed all of my staff and the prosecutor's office by demonstrating the highest level of professionalism, knowledge and expertise, and true compassion to these abused dogs.
— Benton County, Wash., Sheriff Larry D. Taylor

The assistance provided by your personnel was instrumental in identifying items that are used in cockfighting, in light of our limited experience in dealing with and exposure to cockfighting. Your agency personnel assisted in securing the birds and ensuring that they were cared for after being seized. The personnel, who traveled more than 500 miles to assist in this endeavor, were quite enthusiastic in providing assistance. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation in the help that your agency has provided.

Steven G. James of the New York State Police

There is no way that we could have undertaken an investigation of this magnitude without the help of The HSUS. They brought in personnel and resources that we didn't have access to, and their assistance was a tremendous help to us in this case.
— Houston County, Ala., Sheriff Andy Hughes

Contact us

If your question is not answered above, please contact us by calling (202) 452-1100 or by sending an email to one of the following:

Dogfighting and cockfighting: Chris Schindler
Puppy mills and other cruelty: Ashley Mauceri